For such a gun oriented state, one that has the right to keep and bear arms in its constitution, Texas has a lot of restrictions on firearms. One of the glaring restrictions is a law against concealed carry on college campuses.
My son is at the University of Houston this semester, and within the first week and a half there were three armed robberies on campus. In broad daylight. Two of the victims just gave up what little they had and weren’t harmed, the third victim didn’t have anything to give and was pistol whipped and put in the hospital.
So, what did I do? I called my State Rep.
I knew this was in the works but was asked to keep it under my hat for the time being, but last night at a fundraiser, Giovanni announced his first bill that he has authored and will submit in Austin this session will be Campus Carry legislation.
Gio went to college is South Philly, in a very bad neighborhood. He understands the dangers to our students, and they should have the right to defend themselves. Their peers are entrusted with defending our nation if they join the military, why shouldn’t young adults on campus be allowed to concealed carry?
Gio not only authored this bill, he offered a lot of insight to pass along to Nicholas at college giving suggestions on how he could stay safe. For taking the time to talk to me about my issue, and then to be out front on this issue is why I have supported Gio for going on three years now. He is also why I call him a friend.
Ten years ago I had an issue I wanted to talk to my State Rep Vicki Truitt, I called her office here and in Austin multiple times only to be told that I needed to talk with her staff members first to decide if I could get a moment with my representative. I never got to speak to Ms. Truitt about the issue, an issue she eventually voted against. HD 98 can be proud we now have a State Rep that understands that the power flows from the people.
I also want to be clear, Campus Carry was on Gio’s list of things to support this session. My phone call might have moved that bill up his priority list, but I want to make sure that I don’t suggest he wasn’t in favor of it before I called him.